Funding deal must be reached by Tuesday to avert halt of hundreds of thousands of federal paycheques
By Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News
Posted: Sep 30, 2013
The U.S. government could close its doors Tuesday if Congress can’t reach a deal on a temporary spending budget bill, and that would jeopardize the paycheques of more than 800,000 Americans, as well as the country’s economic recovery.
It’s political bickering between Democrats and Republicans in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, along with Republican in-fighting, that has brought the country to the brink of a shutdown yet again.
Once more, the U.S. Congress is deadlocked on a temporary spending bill that needs to pass in order to keep funding the federal government’s operations, its employees and the services they provide.
Congress hasn’t passed any of the annual bills that fund various government agencies, so it has had to rely on stopgap measures that are known as continuing resolutions. The government needs to pass another one as soon as possible to keep the cash flowing beyond Sept. 30.
A government shutdown won’t mean the entire country will grind to a halt, but it will have an impact on the daily lives of Americans.
The rules governing a shutdown say federal workers must be classified as essential or non-essential, so that key government functions can carry on in the event of a fiscal crisis.
Air traffic control, the military, prisons, border security, mail delivery, anything related to national security and public safety, social security cheques, emergency medical care, and food safety inspection are examples of things that would be unaffected.
So what would happen?